I wanted to create imagery that was very clean and colorful, but with a eerie sense of something missing, or lacking,” Billy Rood says of his latest story for Ben Trovato, Amanda. “Amanda was definitely a strong part of the story. As soon as I saw her I knew I wanted to do something that showed her features.

She has perfect porcelain skin and a very strong and unique face. A perfect fit for the location and the theme.

The location, a mansion in Northbrook, IL, belongs to a family friend of Jacki Debb - the stylist of the shoot. “I LOVE shooting on location. It’s my favorite way of telling a story,” Rood answers when asked about his location work. Of his three previous stories for Ben Trovato, one was shot in a run-down church, the other in a mysterious forrest, and the third in the streets of Chicago. “It allows more organic images and lets me play more with the model in a different environment. It also is very important for me to try new things and shooting on location always pushes me to do something new.

And as mentioned above, for this particular location, there was no doubt in Rood’s mind that Amanda Murphy @ Factor Women had the right look for the story. ”Her experience and confidence drew me to have her a part of this story. We collaborated a bunch before we shot, just getting to know each other and what we like to do. So it was very easy for me to direct and just watch her do her thing.

All members of the team know each other well, and have work together many times before. “Kerre and Jacki together is like a sitcom waiting to happen,” Rood reveals, and adds “Their banter and playfulness really helps bring levity to shoots and I love working
with them.

“They also love trying new things and trust in my ideas. It is always important to have people that support you.”

Rather Lovely Thing by Billy Rood

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Billy Rood’s film Rather Lovely Thing mixes a world of fantasy and romance, while seducing the viewer into a dreamlike state. Rood, whose work has been featured in Bambi Magazine, The Dirty Durty Diary, Factio, KITTEN, and not to mention Ben Trovato, delves into deep into a poetic world in his new film.

Rood explains the theme, “It’s about a young woman’s inner search for a sense of beauty that unlocks the alchemy that forges hope from fear. It’s not about the unreachable standard that decorates museum walls, the decor of her mind, found along the elusive divide between dream and reality.

It’s easy to get seduced by the main character, Isabella Farrell, who straddles the two different realities throughout the entire film. Rood explains, “Isabella is very talented, she’s not only beautiful, but she can also dance, sing, act and model. Her potential attracted me to create a project that not only showcased all of those talents, but to tell a story that I was inspired to create by my muse, Katrina Hoernig. I wanted to create a film about beauty, the kind that we all feel on the inside.

The short film uses a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, A dream within a dream to really highlight the different themes of reality throughout the film. Rood explains, “It’s a very popular and personal poem that means so many things to me. In his poem Poe uses the sea as a setting for what I take as death and decay. In my film, I used an imaginary forest because it leaves me with a feeling of emptiness and regret to the combination of two aspects of reality. This film is an attempt to visually communicate that poem into a story of a girl who is looking for her inner sense of beauty in a world of colliding realities.

Lastly, Rood explains the formula for making a short film,

“Just like anything else, have passion, a clue and lead…because people will follow a dream.”

Indeed they will.

Factor Women presents a Fig Films & Andrew Benz production
a film by Billy Rood
“Rather Lovely Thing”
Starring Isabella Farrell
Produced by Jan Berendsen, Richie Keo, Billy Rood, James Gustin & Andrew Benz
Cinematography by Andrew Benz
Styling by Dana Hanegraaf
Hair & Makeup by Kerre Berry @ Chicago Emerging Artists
Production design by Chelsea van Midde
Set design by Thomas Kubik & Billy Rood
Music by Eric Hillman
Unit production manager Allison Anderson
Script supervisor Justin Nijim
Craft services Ashlee Stewack
Production assistants Idris Oladipo & Andrew Winkler
Special thanks to Samantha Pletzke & Marta Traskevych

Steadicam operator Carl Wiedemann
Gaffer Jordan Balderas
Best Boy Ryan Gasser
Director of Photography Andrew Benz
Produced, Written & Directed by Billy Rood